2017

Immerso - 56 minutes

tv documentary

Darkness, muted sounds, a breath that goes restrained and dosed to the last: it is the world of free-divers, the one explored by the documentary "Immerso". The story of the swiss free-diver Igor Liberti.

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2016

Welcome to Losone - 65 minutes

tv documentary

A journey in and out of the federal center for asylum seekers San Giorgio in Losone (Switzerland), to understand how its presence is lived by both the population and the asylum seekers. Discovering the voices and thoughts that come or clash together around this structure, allows a reflection on the coexistence of different ways of perceiving the same reality.

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2016

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STORIES OF CHINESE BUSINESSWOMEN - 80 + 52 minutes

feature documentary

They are four of the most successful businesswomen in China: Belonging to a generation who experienced the austerity of China's cultural revolution, followed by the subsequent economic boom, they have worked their way to the very top in a patriarchal society. Today, Yang Lan is the owner of one of the leading private media companies. Dong Mingzhu is a tenacious female CEO, heading up the world's largest manufacturer of air conditioning systems. Zhang Lan is a tycoon in the luxury restaurant business. Zhou Yi is a top manager working for a big american IT company. How were these careers built? What are the social and economic contexts in which they operate? And what do these women think about the political, social and cultural state of their country? The latest documentary film by Patrik Soergel takes an intense and unique look at the mentalities of female executives, and explores the huge transformation taking place in China today.

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2016

The Claim - 67 + 80 minutes

feature documentary

On May 23rd 2015, Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, was declared Blessed by the Catholic Church, 35 years after his assassination by death squads.
A historic event for Latin America and for the whole world. Romero is a universal figure that transcends the boundaries between believers and non-believers.

Why was he murdered? Why did the canonization process take so long?
The documentary, through the testimony of his closest collaborators and his personal assistant, traces Romero’s life from his childhood to his inner evolution, until the day of his sacrifice. With the background of a tiny country which could only count on coffee, sugar cane and cotton.

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2015

Il nido - 52 minutes

tv documentary

Four years after the documentary "the first breath" (primi respiri), Patrik Soergel goes back to the same families to tell how their lives developped as parents and children. A few years were enough to make many changes and transformations happen. Some are expecting their second child, some have moved to a new house or found a new job, some have experienced crisis or grief.

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2014

When I'm grown up - 56 minutes

tv documentary

What will I do when I'm grown up? This is a question that all teenagers sooner or later arise about work and life.
And it is also the question at the center of this documentary. For an entire year Patrik Soergel has followed five Swiss teenegers: Samuel, Joel, Melanie, Giulia and Toussaint. Their stories have a common point: they all attend the same school. They approach the world of work through internships while at school they follow classes that deal mostly with identity, self-esteem and self-analysis.

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2013

Fire and Ash: the crisis of the Church - 52 minutes

tv documentary

What are the reasons for the crisis of religion in the major Western confessions : Catholic and Protestant ? What are the people's questions that don't find answers ? Cardinal Martini once wrote that the flame of the Gospel message today lives as a thick ash under the embers and that he felt attacked by a sense of helplessness. And so, what is that ash and how to release the flame of love, the central Christian message ? What is the religious experience , what are the paths of soul searching ? Why some people are turning to Eastern traditions ? What is today the relationship between science and spirituality ? Guido Ferrari and Patrik Soergel have asked these and other questions to several authorities in the Christian world.

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2013

The Mentalist - 52 minutes

tv documentary

Is it possible to read someone's mind, predict the future and move objects with the power of the mind? These are some of the extraordinary abilities that the young Swiss mentalist Federico Soldati performs. But who is the mentalist? A person with paranormal abilities? A magician with a strong sixth sense, or a scholar who applies sophisticated techniques of illusionism?

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2012

Another America - 50 minutes

tv documentary

Detroit was once the engine of America's automotive industry. Thanks to its triumph came the middle class. In the 50's Detroit was one of the richest cities in the world and had 2 million inhabitants. With the arrival of foreign competition and the outsourcing of jobs, Detroit's industrial hegemony collapsed generating unemployment and deterioration. Today the city is partly a ghost town in the brink of bankrupcy. The population has halved to about 700 thousand people. But not the whole city is abandoned: new businesses and initiatives are starting. Many individuals, from the ashes of the past, are looking for new ways to revive and reinvent the city.

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2012

Le Nuove Famiglie (families in the move) - 45 minutes

tv documentary

In recent years the values of the european family have become more complex and delicate. Not because the concept of household is over, but because it is undergoinga radical change. Extended families or lone parents, these are some terms used to define the changes today. Different paths, at first very delicate, where each family member has to start from scratch, reinventing roles and attitudes. The documentary tells the stories of three unique families living in Switzerland, who agreed to share their achievements and their difficulties in finding balance and serenity.

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2011

Primi Respiri (the first breath) - 52 minutes

tv documentary

The stories of three young swiss couples expecting their first child. From late pregnancy until the first days following birth, the documentary follows three different ways of living this incredible human experience.

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2009

The Legacy of Silence - 52 minutes

documentary

Mattia Unal is a young Aramaean with Swiss nationality and the son of a Syriac Orthodox priest in the Aramaean community of Switzerland. From an early age, his identity has been shaped by the use of the Aramaic language and religion. Mattia’s awareness of his origins, however, is limited to what he has learned from his parents, who fled from their country to Switzerland in the early 1980s. Mattia and his father decidetherefore to go on a journey, visiting the land of their family: Tur Abdin, “Mountain of the Servants of God”. The Legacy of Silence offers a personal view of the lives of Aramaean people, in the Diaspora and in their homeland, in the present and the past, in both the younger and the older generations, creating an in depth picture of how an ethnic and religious minority in Turkey has lived and continues to live on today.

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2009

The Sound After the Storm - 82 + 52 minutes

feature documentary

WINNER: best documentary @ Zürich international film festival 2009

Three years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is part ghost town and part third world country. Well known musicians Lillian Boutté, Dr. Michael White and photographer Armand “Sheik” Richardson use music as a philosophy and tool to save themselves and their abandoned, crumbling city. The Sound After the Storm tells a story in which this “music born of slavery” is reborn in response to Katrina’s devastation. Presented in8international film festivals.

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2003

No artificial anything - 62 + 52 minutes

documentary

Summer of 2001. Two young filmmakers travel through 5 states before and after the tragic events of september 11th 2001. They meet more than 20 americans from all kinds of backgrounds, getting a portrait of the USA in its most dramatic moment in history. Co-directed with Ryan Fenson-Hood (USA). Broadcast on Swiss tv. Presented at the 10th International Film Festival Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland).

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2001

Life, death, once more, Prague - 40 minutes

experimental documentary

A speechless film dedicated to Prague, a city with a long history of struggle, broken regimes and regeneration. The film follows the city like a symphony during various moments of daily life, from children to old people, to the dead.  

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2001

Miro Romipen (My Romany Being) - 30 minutes

documentary

Patrik Conka is a 18 year old romany poet in search of his identity. Supported by FAMU. Broadcasts at Czech and swiss national TVs. Co-directed with Dalia Neis (UK). Winner of the 8th International artistic competition "Amico Rom" (Lanciano, Italy, third price as documantary).

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2000

Music Box - 5 minutes

short film

How the fragmented memories and the sensations of two lovers evoke and form a crucial decision in their lives. Supported by FAMU film school, Prague.